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The Decline and Rise of DemocracyA Global History from Antiquity to Today$
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David Stasavage

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177465

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177465.001.0001

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The Development of Representation in Europe

The Development of Representation in Europe

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(p.101) 5 The Development of Representation in Europe
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The Decline and Rise of Democracy
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David Stasavage

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691177465.003.0005

This chapter analyzes why Europe followed a different economic path from China and the Middle East and explains how political institutions have played a starring role in explanations of divergence. It addresses the question on why political divergence took place when great economic divergence was confirmed by political divergence. It also discusses early democracy that came from the traditions of the Germanic tribes that overran Europe as Rome fell. The chapter looks at human societies that independently evolved the idea of constraining rulers to obtain consent from their people. It confirms whether early democracy was invented by German tribes and assesses whether conditions in Europe resembled those in other places where early democracy thrived.

Keywords:   political institutions, political divergence, economic divergence, early democracy, Germanic tribes

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